The actor makes amends and tries to explain himself: "When you see me on the picket lines, please don't throw tomatoes at me! "
Contrary to all the Hollywood stars supporting the strike in Hollywood right now, Stephen Amellsurprised by denouncing the walkout or in any case the method used by the unions and in particular SAG-AFTRA, which prohibits actors from acting but also from promoting!
Frustrating for the former star of Arrow as the long-awaited season 2 of Heels arrives on the air.
Except that his anti-strike comments n did not fail to sting his comrades. Even those in the Arrowverse lamented Stephen Amell's reaction. “This fucking guy,” tweeted Kirk Acevedo (who played Ricardo Diaz in Arrow), while Matt Letscher (who played Eobard Thawne in The Flash) mocked Amell's comments on the right tactic for the movement: “Thank goodness we have a superhero!“
This fucking guy🙄#KidVicious🖕🏽🐲🖕🏽 https://t.co/VWocGhxEfr
— KID VICIOUS🔪 (@kirkacevedo) August 1, 2023
Still waiting on that comprehensive list of totally non-reductive negotiating tactics we get to employ now. Thank god for superheroes! Any second now…. #SAGAFTRAstrike #SAGAFTRAstrong
— Matt Letscher (@MattLetscher) August 1, 2023
The storm begins to build and Stephen Amelldoesn't want to be ostracized from Hollywood for his statements. So he immediately sought to put out the fire by posting long clarifications on Instagram:
“Naturally there was a lot of reaction to the comments I made this weekend about our strike. To make sure there is no misunderstanding of my thoughts and intentions, here is what I actually said, in context, to make sure my feelings were not intentionally misinterpreted”.
Stephen Amellspecifies in the process “support” his union. “I am with them. My support is unconditional and I am with them.” But he persists: “I can't stand the strike, no!” Stressing that in this context he understands “basically why we have come to this. I stand in solidarity with my union. Of course, I don't like to strike. Nobody likes it. But we have to do what we have to do .”
As for the “negotiation tactics” mentioned during his speech, Stephen Amell pleads guilty and defends himself: “I am an actor and I I spoke off the cuff for over an hour. I cut corners. I certainly don't think these issues are simple. Our leadership has an incredibly complicated job and I'm grateful for all they do ( …) Intellectually, I understand why we're on strike, but that doesn't mean it's not emotionally frustrating on many levels for everyone involved.
Finally, Stephen Amell admits to being “simply sad not to have the chance to celebrate our Heels series which we hold so dear (…) So when you see me on the pickets, please don't throw tomatoes at me!“